*****This review is meant for parents, teachers, and other people that work with children to read.*****
A New Home for Lily is book two of the Adventures of Lily Lapp series. It is told from the perspective of Lily and contains many adventures that she goes through with her life of living in a new town in Pennsylvania. First of all, Lily has to move away from what she is used to in New York, people she cares about are left behind. In addition to that, Lily isn’t excited about the way her house looks, her bed is put in a very unusual spot in the house, and people act differently and things sometimes do not operate the same as they did in her old town in New York. In addition to these obstacles, she has a few classmates that require her to put some morals she has learned into practice, which is not so easy for Lily.
As the novel progressed, I felt Lily’s tension ease as she got used to living her life in Pennsylvania and little by little she left her life in New York behind, although she could always carry the good memories around with her. Lily’s neighbors didn’t seem to come together as easily when there was a problem and Lily’s teacher did some things differently, although she seemed to like her a lot. I noticed many examples of extending forgiveness when someone seemed clearly in the wrong and how her kindness (although usually forced) rubbed off on someone who was very mean and cruel to Lily.
There are many examples in this book to show some of the basics of Amish living. Even though there are many different Amish church districts with their own styles of dressing, buggies, technology rules, and occupations each Amish district has a lot of main qualities in common, which are described in the “Frequently Asked Questions about the Amish” section in the back of the book.
I wrote this in my review about the first Adventures in Lily Lapp story called Life with Lily and I feel the same way with this story: “The story came together beautifully in my opinion and I could not tell that this book was written by two different authors; the story did not seem to flip back and forth between two different writing styles and it didn’t seem like I was reading two different stories written by two different authors. It seemed like I was reading the same story told (or narrated) by two different people. I feel this would be a good book for both children and adults to read who want to learn more about the ways of the Amish. It would also be a good book for adults and children who love Amish fiction.”
Available February 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
I received a complimentary copy of this book Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.